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Erskine in delayed restart

Written by  OE Staff Friday, 15 September 2017 09:10

Shell, operator of the Lomond platform, advised a delay to the restart of Chevron’s Erskine production pending completion of repairs, according to Erskine partner Serica Energy.

Erskine. Image from Chevron.

Repairs required to a caisson on the Lomond platform and receipt of approval to recommence from the operator (BP) of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS), through which Erskine liquids are transported to shore.

It was expected that production would restart on or around 13 September, but is not now expected until near the end of September, although an earlier date is possible.

The FPS approval process is customary for fields after shut-down but additional checks have been requested by the FPS operator following the treatment process used to clear wax deposits in the Lomond to Everest pipeline. Following receipt of FPS approval and completion of the Lomond caisson repairs Erskine production is planned to be increased to full capacity to flush the Lomond to Everest liquids export pipeline and enable full monitoring of the results of the treatment process.

“The monitoring required by the FPS operator and the need to undertake caisson repairs affects the restart of Erskine production but is not expected to materially affect forward production plans,” Serica Executive Chairman Tony Craven Walker said. “The company will announce the restart of production when this takes place and will provide a full update at the end of the month when we release our first half results.”

The Erskine field lies about 150mi (241km) east of Aberdeen, Scotland in the Central North Sea, in water depths of about 296ft (90m).

Last year, Erskine production was interrupted by Lomond.

Erskine is operated by Chevron North Sea with 50% interest. Partners include Shell (32%) and Serica Energy (18%).

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